July 1, 2019 | 5376 Views | By Nathan Keudell

ON1 Plus 2019: First Half Recap and What's Ahead

Hi Everyone, it’s crazy to think we’re already halfway through 2019! It has been an incredibly exciting start to the year in ON1 Plus. Just like we do every year at this time, let’s recap the past six months and take a peek at what’s ahead.
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RAW Processing 101
To kick off the year we started with the fundamentals, and Dan Harlacher helped show you how to take photos straight out of your camera and edit them to look exactly like they did on the camera’s display screen. This series applies to all types of photography genres and file types.
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Hudson’s Tips & Tricks
Each month Hudson drops a new topical video based on requests from members. We call them Hudson’s Tips and Tricks – here is a list of the videos we’ve seen this year from him.
Working with Bad Light »
Milky Way Composite »
Shoot to Print Live Q&A »
Sorting and Culling big »
Making the Best of a Shoot Gone Wrong »
Noise Reduction & Sharpening with Layers »

Creative Looks & Styles with Matt K
Matt Kloskowski walks you through some of his favorite creative looks and techniques. This isn’t your typical editing course, the approaches taught are intended to be applied after basic edits, and give your photos a different style.
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Removing Distractions
Make your photos stronger! ON1 Photo RAW includes a complete set of retouching tools that can handle any retouching job. This course by Scott Davenport is for anyone that wants to improve their retouching skills and go beyond simple, one-click retouches.
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Shoot to Print
Hudson Henry covers everything you need to know and demystifies the complete printing process. When you’re done watching, you’ll have all the knowledge you need to get better AND more consistent prints.
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All-new “How to Shoot” series
This year we launched an all-new ongoing series, How to Shoot featuring iconic scenes and locations. These are short video guides to help you with everything you need to know about capturing the perfect photograph based on the scene.

Episode 1: Waterfalls
Episode 2: Outdoor Portraiture
Episode 3: Fireworks
Episode 4: In-studio product shots (coming soon)
Be on the lookout for more topics debuting this year including Sunrise and Sunsets, Cityscapes, The Milky Way, and Events & Concerts.

Sports & Action Photography
This course is all about gear, preparation, and in-the-field advice to get the best results. Coach Hudson Henry also covers his common editing techniques for his photos.
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Portrait Editing
Whether you’re a novice or an expert at portrait editing, this course from Tamara Lackey will teach you everything about the tools available and how to use them to get consistent and beautiful portraits.
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Photo Critiques
Each month we host a special Photo Critique session. If you haven’t participated in a critique or watched any of the videos, you’re missing out on one of the best learning tools in ON1 Plus!
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Plus Members get DOUBLE the rewards each month, go back and make sure you’ve got them all:
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New Video Library
In March we debuted an all-new video library to bring you a new video viewing experience here at ON1. The new ON1 Video Library is our simple-to-use online training resource that aggregates our entire collection of tutorials. The video library is designed to help you find, discover and learn.
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What’s Ahead?

We’ve got a lot of really exciting projects in the works for the rest of this year including new topics and guest coaches to keep your creative juices flowing. Here is a list of Courses you can expect to see…
Photography Courses
Composition: The most anticipated must-see training course of the year. A high-production, high-value training series covering the most important element in photography, composition.
Street Photography with Anthony Morganti: We’re excited to welcome Anthony to the community and the have our first ever street photography training course.
A Still Photographers Guide to Shooting Video: This course will help you understand how to take advantage of the incredible filming power you’ve been carrying around in your digital camera.
Time-Lapse Photography: Hudson will share everything he knows about shooting time-lapse photography.
Dealing with Difficult Lighting Scenarios: This multi-video, multi-instructor course will include common lighting challenges photographers face and how to overcome them.
Post Processing Courses
Masking: Knocking out backgrounds, sky replacements, and head swaps
Focus Stacking: Learn how to use this amazing feature best
DAM: Organizing, metadata, photo management, and optimizing your Browse experience
Filter Panes & Local Adjustments: An advanced look at using masks, blend modes, custom color ranges, and local adjustments
Tack Sharp: Making sense of detail, structure, sharpening, and dynamic contrast tools

Thank you

We want to wrap up this recap post with a sincere THANK YOU, on behalf of the ON1 team, thank you for being a part of this wonderful community. It would be nothing without our incredible members. It is a joy being able to provide you with more training resources so you can master ON1 Photo RAW and improve your skills behind the camera.

22 comments on “ON1 Plus 2019: First Half Recap and What's Ahead”

  1. On July 1, 2019 at 11:28 am Jim Bridger wrote:

    I really appreciate all of the helpful videos and tips. It is a real change from other post processing companies and you are to be emulated. Also, your technical staff is very responsive to email calls for help. It is really great to actually communicate with “real” people. Keep it up! Jim B

  2. On July 1, 2019 at 12:15 pm william ballard wrote:

    You have a great product and it keeps getting better. You have learning videos on almost anything which makes learning the program pretty easy. I have been asked to do an ON1 overview presentation for the camera club in our community of over 1000 homes. I suggest your program is everyone that could use it.

  3. On July 1, 2019 at 12:30 pm Vernon Britton wrote:

    Improvements have been quite positive and appreciative. I really look forward to an iPad compatible version. More critical now as Apple’s new OS will allow working with memory cards. That will allow quick access to ON1 for review and quick edits. Any time frame for this?

  4. On July 1, 2019 at 12:41 pm David Price wrote:

    Hi Nathan
    Looks like we are in for another interesting year.
    I think that Photo Raw 2019.5 has matured into a very capable package. The sliders that allow you to turn down the demands that Photo Raw places upon a graphics card, have delivered on my low powered laptop. Except for when MS Windows has decided to run a sneaky update or two, my copy of Photo Raw has been very stable. And, you could not say the same about PR 2017.
    The new layers tools, combined with the blending and protection tools are great things to have in the toolbox. Better still they are so easy to use.
    It would be nice to have a return of the line making tool, as combined with grids and maybe curves, it might enable us to make some fancy masks and frames. More flexible transform tools would also be a nice to have.
    When you launched the original photo raw, it was not so good. But, the potential of what it could develop, into was obvious, even then. I am glad that I stuck with Photo Raw, when it was struggling, because the good times are certainly rolling now.
    Best wishes to all at On1 Towers.
    David Price

  5. On July 1, 2019 at 1:18 pm Dennis Adams wrote:

    Your team, contributing editors and photographers are great. Adding Anthony Morganti to the team is a wonderful step. Keep up the great work!

  6. On July 1, 2019 at 2:19 pm William Westerhoff wrote:

    After teaching Photoshop for 20 years (all free courses) and Lightroom for over 6 years, I have uninstalled Lightroom, and I seldom use Photoshop because I can do most of what I want to do in ON1.
    I am very greedy. I am anxiously awaiting ON1 2020 to see what goodies you have in store for us.
    Anthony Morganti is the BEST, and a great adjunct to your fine internal teaching staff. I believe there are more video tutorials available to ON1 than for any other program. I have downloaded all of the third party tutorials and continuously re-watch them.
    I had grown to despise Lightroom and I became bored with the slow pace with which Adobe has been adding improvements to Photoshop since they went on a subscription-only plan. Then I discovered ON1 2018. Editing has become a fun-filled adventure ever since.
    Thanks to all of the ON1 people, especially the developers and the support people.

  7. On July 1, 2019 at 4:02 pm Ron Skinner wrote:

    Really love using ON1, been using it since March and was able to finally stop subscribing to LR/PS also glad I signed up for ON1 Plus too all the videos are great, love the videos by Hudson and his latest ON1 Photo Kit Capture to Edit (Although Hudson’s cost me a little money lately since I switched from using ball heads to fluid heads on both my tripods! LOL) Also learned a lot from the Shooting Fireworks course. Loved the Removing Distractions course by Scott Davenport too! Also keep the weekly webinars with Dylan coming those are very informative.

  8. On July 1, 2019 at 9:43 pm Misko wrote:

    Alas I cannot share the enthusiasm of the above contributors. Because of the problems with the Wacom pen which either does not work on the menu commands or acts as a plain mouse without the pressure sensitivity – the bug introduced with the version 2019.5 – I have sidetracked the ON1 Photo Raw and returned back to the old reliable duo PS and LR. I hope the guys at ON1 work hard on this problem, as it does not affect only me and my work but also many others, and the update solving this bug will be out soon.

  9. On July 2, 2019 at 3:40 am Robert Benyon wrote:

    It’s been slow progress, but PR 2019 is much more reliable than 17 and 18. The Effects stand out as easier to tailor than other Photo editors and the masking is very intuitive. I too look forward to the line mask returning and maybe some basic geometric shapes too. Other things I hope for is brush flow control – should be easy for you to do! I have put these into the “Ideas” section.

  10. On July 2, 2019 at 6:01 am Robert Fenwick wrote:

    With 2019.5 I have fully migrated to on1 and am fully committed. My biggest issue is the inability to use my tablet. Looking forward to the resolution of this issue. Love the training and Morganti being added to the training staff.

  11. On July 2, 2019 at 1:36 pm Robert Selby wrote:

    I love On1. My only upgrades for the future would be a fix for Wacom tablets pressure sensitivity and having the history of your edits remain from day to day. Your team is awesome. Thanks for making such a top notch product.

  12. On July 5, 2019 at 8:30 am Alex Rae wrote:

    Being from the other side of the world( South Africa) I find the amount of info videos, explanations, discussions etc. an absolute blessing considering time differences etc. I am into mostly wildlife photography and the improvement in my work is amazing thanks to ON1. My 1 small suggestion is that when you advertise webinars you include GMT along with your local time as with your daylight saving etc it gets confusing. I`m sure people in other parts of the world would also find this helpful. Looking forward to further updates.

  13. On July 5, 2019 at 3:40 pm Larry Jordan wrote:

    I’m glad to be part of the Plus Community. Your videos and webinars are always very helpful. I just wish I were time to devote to them..

  14. On July 10, 2019 at 2:58 am Ed Whitaker wrote:

    As an early adopter of ON1 products (Adobe options were far more expensive and overly complex so finding what function you actually needed was a major research activity) I have seen how the ON1 team are dedicated to excelling!. There is no such thing as perfect software (I know by working decades in the IT industry), but you are now delivering a truly great and very usable photo editing product in Photo Raw 2019.5. But your real team strength comes with the additional amazing range of Tutorial material available to users through your “Gurus” and in my experience, excellent support.
    Could not be happier being part of the ON1 community. When things are not as you would like, a request usually results in either a software upgrade or advice on how to emulate what you want to do. A fix I requested was the return of the “canvas size” function, which reappeared in short order. 🙂

  15. On July 16, 2019 at 10:51 am Jim Bridger wrote:

    I downloaded 2019.5 for the second time and once again it hangs up and will not work on my windows 10 computer. I reloaded 2019 and it works great but before all of this trouble with .5 started, I had 2019.2. How do I get. 2 back? Thanks. Also any idea why 2019.5 hangs up? I have plenty of memory and my processor is quick. Thanks again.

    1. On July 16, 2019 at 10:55 am Nathan Keudell replied:

      Hi Jim,
      That is not very common. I would try a different web browser, and reach out to our support team if you’re still having problems. We have alternative ways if you’re still having issues.
      Support contact: https://www.on1.com/plus-support/

  16. On July 22, 2019 at 3:41 pm Denis Jaculli wrote:

    Thanks for the update, very few software providers give their customers a year gone and what’s coming up review these days, so I commend you for that. Looking forward to the up coming courses, in particular the street photography and Video skills for stills photographers.
    The one thing I was hoping for was an update on the IOS version of On1 Raw now that Apple is about to release the public version of iPadOS, it’s a great opportunity to release the best photo editing app on the IOS platform with tighter integration To the desktop version as the platform sadly lacks this.

  17. On July 25, 2019 at 9:08 am Michael Schaefer wrote:

    Hi Nathan,
    first of all congratulations for your work and succesful development of On1 to an amazing piece of software for photo editing. Obviously almost all of the Apple users are more than satisfied with what they get and even more whith what they could expect from you and your team in the future. Unfortunately this is absolutely not the truth for a big bunch of Windows users (including me) who are heavily struggeling with never seen before performance issues, blue screens, freezings sliders aso. A lot of shortcuts and setting adjustments are discussed in On1 forums, but besides that your support very often could not help to manage these problems. Even more we never received any “official statement” from On1 Management on how they want to tackle and substantially change this situation in a way that also Windows users could be a satisfied part of the On1 community. Clearly spoken: this situation is already lasting way to long and we can’t see any clear strategy to improve. Woul be great to listen to your personal statement and even better to your ideas on how to change this bad situation.

    1. On July 25, 2019 at 10:19 am Nathan Keudell replied:

      Hi Michael,
      Thank you for your note, we appreciate the kind words. One common misconception is that ON1 performs better on Mac compared to Windows. Ultimately the machine’s actual hardware (GPU, processor, RAM, etc.) are much more critical than the operating system.
      This is not an “official statement,” and I’m not trying to ignite a Mac v. Windows debate, but here is my impression. Apple computers use a “walled garden” approach; they control all the hardware specs and don’t offer much flexibility for customization. They also don’t rely very much on third party updates, e.g., video card drivers that Windows PCs need frequently. This is good for people that don’t have the technical knowledge or want to worry about the dirty details. By in large most Mac users have a pleasant experience because Apple, for the most part, has capably spec’d their models for image processing.
      Windows PCs provide lots of flexibility and customization (with both hardware and software) this is good and bad depending on your knowledge and comfort level. As a side effect, there are a lot of Windows PC hardware configurations on the market not fit for image processing, not even close. You can get a blazingly fast capably spec’d Windows PC for less money than an Apple computer. In fact, many creative Apple diehards have jumped over to Windows PCs because they can configure a super machine. They traded in an Apple Porshe for a Windows Lamborgini.
      Both platforms can provide you with a first-class experience with ON1 if they are spec’d out correctly.
      This article breaks down the argument further:
      If you’re having issues on either platform and meet the system requirements, we encourage you to contact our support team.
      How to submit a problem to ON1 Tech Support – A Step-by-step Guide
      How to Update Video Card Driver and Set Default GPU (Windows Only)

  18. On August 2, 2019 at 10:41 pm Betty Garfoot wrote:

    As a novice photographer I invested in On1 instead of Adobe products and am finding the videos a great source. I have only just scratched the surface of what On1 can do but have
    found it restrictive.
    Having scanned some old B&W negatives, I find they are not recognised in On1 as they are 16bit B&W. I want to catalogue & edit them but am now looking for a work round or alternative.

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